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Old Borough In Swords Opens To Great Fanfare

Old BoroughSiobhan Kinsella, President of Fingal Dublin Chamber is pictured congratulating Dan Foster, Bar Manager of Wetherspoon's Old Borough in Swords, as they open for business. Also pictured is Fingal Dublin Chamber CEO, Tony Lambert

The opening of the new Wetherspoon pub (formerly the Old Boro) on Tuesday, 21st July is set to have a profound effect on the hospitality sector in Swords.
The Old Borough is now the fourth Wetherspoon pub to be opened in Ireland, with the other three located in Dun Laoghaire, Blackrock and Blanchardstown. The building dates from 1804 when it was a school and is situated in a prime location in the town.
The newest addition to Swords pubs is all in the hands of Bar manager, Dan Foster, a 28 year-old Londoner, who has served as a pub manager with Wetherspoons for the past four years in the UK.
Dan spoke to the County Leader about the excitement surrounding the opening of Wetherspoons. “It’s been a long time coming and the important thing is that it will bring a venue which will cater for everyone from 18 right up to 80 years of age. It’s a very varied venue, full of bars including some every good locally sourced Irish products. All of our steaks are local and it will bring extra competition into the hospitality sector in Swords, with excellent value for money across the board,” he said.
Dan is committed to a future in Swords, having just bought a house in the Mountgorry area of the town. “This is the biggest pub I’ve ever managed and I view this as a long time appointment,” he said. The new pub has undergone massive renovation to the tune of E2.8 million. It will employ a total of 85 people, many of whom are local people. It also has the largest beer garden and outdoor dining space in Swords.
The pub has a family friendly policy and it is a place where families can enjoy themselves with their children and as Dan explained, there is something for everyone here. “There are not many options at present for breakfasts in Swords, so we will be open from 8am each morning, where people going to work can avail of our very competitively priced breakfasts,” he said.
Swords was chosen as the venue for the new pub due to its ideal location, which Dan said is very important to the company. “Swords is a very big pie, if you like where every business can do well and we can add to that by bringing more people to the town centre and all businesses can benefit,” he said.
CEO of Fingal Dublin Chamber, Tony Lambert congratulated Dan and the team on the new venture. He said, “Having completely revamped the “Old Borough”, Wetherspoon are opening this pub right in the centre of Swords, creating a wonderful new place to eat and drink. With breakfast being served from 8 a.m. and last orders at 11 p.m. each evening there is a great choice of dishes on the menu. Manager, Dan Foster and his staff are on hand to ensure their customers have a great experience,” he said.